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The Other Half of Life Summary ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ A heartbreaking novel based on the true story of a World War II voyageIn May of 1939 the SS St Francis sets sail from Germany carrying German Jews and other refugees away from Hitler’s regime The passengers believe they are bound for freedom in Cuba and eventuallyA heartbreaking novel based on the true story of a World War II voyageIn May of 1939 the SS St Francis sets sail from Germany carrying German Jews and other refugees away from Hitler’s regime The passengers believe they are bound for freedom in Cuba and eventually the United States but not all of them are celebrating Fif. This middle grade historical fiction is based on the real life voyage of the MS St Louis a luxury liner that took Jews away from Nazi Germany only to be turned away from Cuba the USA and Canada All 947 passengers were returned to various countries in Europe and many died in concentration camps Whitney tells the story through the eyes of 15 year old Thomas a prickly youth who carries guilt over his father going to Dachau and leaving his mother behind I found Thomas hard to identify with until halfway through the book but I liked the way the author used another passenger mischievous 14 year old Priska to enliven Thomas as well as provide love interest The game of chess is another sub theme chess players may best appreciate the details of strategy and moves I had mixed feelings about the two epilogues that showed us Thomas’ life ten and seventy years after the ship that was supposed to take its passengers to freedom instead was forced to return them to Europe This book humanizes a little known historical incident and includes maps and additional reading suggestions

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Teen year old Thomas is anxious about his parents and didn’t want to leave Germany his father a Jew has been imprisoned and his mother a Christian is left behind alone Fourteen yearold Priska has her family with her and she’s determined to enjoy the voyage looking forward to their new livesBased on the true story of th. Based on yhe true story of MS St Louis 1939

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The Other Half of LifeE MS St Louis this historical young adult novel imagines two travelers and the lives they may have lived until events and immigration laws conspired to change their fates Kim Ablon Whitney did meticulous research on the voyage of the St Louis to craft her compelling and moving story about this little known event in history. Objective Summary spoiler warningThe Other Half of Life By Kim Ablon Whitney follows a 15 year old boy named Thomas who is a Jew during world war two who lives in Germany At this point in world war two Hitler is letting Jews out of Germany on ships heading for Cuba and then to the US One of which is called the St Francis In an effort to escape Germany Thomas is sent aboard the St Francis by his mother Unfortunately they only have enough money to get one of them out of the Country and into Cuba Thomas also had to leave his father behind because he was captured by the Nazis While on the St Francis Thomas meets a family that he becomes very acuainted with They go by the Affedts On the voyage the passengers are actually treated well because even though the captain is part of the Nazi party he does not believe in most of the laws set against Jews But on the ship is another person from the Nazi party Ortsgruppenleiter Holz Holz deeply believes in these laws We later find out that he was a Nazi spy collecting information from the US When they reach Cuba they find out that to land on Cuban shore they all need a visa All that they have are landing permits So then head to the United States where they are once again rejected So they set course back to Germany but before they get there they manage to convince some European countries to let them land So in turn they split up the passengers to go to different countries Priska and Thomas are sent to different countries They plan to meat up 5 years later in Miami because by that time they will both be in America Instead in 10 years Thomas sees Marianne Priska's sister who tells Thomas that Priska was killed in a concentration camp near the German boarder Marianne and Thomas are then seen seventy years later where they have been married and have two kids To end the book it's al of them looking at an exhibit in a museum dedicated to the St Francis